Economists, pundits, institutions and investors often talk about the global financial system. When stocks go up and trade thrives, they applaud its contributions to prosperity; when the markets crash and stocks dip, they blame its inhuman scale or its untrustworthy manipulators. But anyone who has attempted to diversify their portfolio with foreign stocks or acquire another nation’s bonds quickly comes to the same conclusion: The global financial system isn’t a single entity. “The system,” singular, is really “The systems,” plural.
How do the pieces of the global financial system interact? Not always as well as might be hoped, as exemplified by the economic uncertainty brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. In times of flux, investors diversify their portfolios across different asset classes to protect their investments. However, access to these diverse asset classes is often stymied by the barriers that exist across markets.
John Hensel is the chief operating officer of Securrency, the leading developer of institutional-grade blockchain-based financial and regulatory technology. He leads global business operations for Securrency’s international team based in Abu Dhabi, UAE. John served in the U.S. Navy for over 25 years as an aviator and a major defense acquisition program manager. He achieved an MA in business administration from Johns Hopkins University, an MA in arts, strategy and policy from Naval War College and a bachelor of science from the U.S. Naval Academy.
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